Project Description


Churchill Road, East Killara | Residential


It was a privilege for OUTHOUSE design to be invited to create a sculptural landscape design for one of Australia’s most prominent and gifted garden writers. This is a great example of collaboration between passionate designer and plants person, the result being this crisp and delightful space that packs a punch of sculpture and planting colour. The house was elevated above the garden on what was a reasonably difficult site on the Northern beaches, the home didn’t connect with the garden and really didn’t match the strong and outgoing personality of its owner.

Backyard landscape design winding paths
Backyard landscape design
Backyard landscape design with gabion walls

Our job was to create that connection and take the home owner on a slow journey through the garden, engage with the mass seasonal planting combinations and end up around the elevated swimming pool area. With many established trees and the preference to tread lightly on the landscape, it was always going to be gabion walls that would be the hero of the garden. The hand crafted gabions act as the back bone to the space, they give structure to the garden beds and form to the winding pathways. Sandstone seating is suitably placed to suggest you stop and take a moment, with unique garden sculptures located strategically within the scented garden beds to catch the eye and add drama and humour. This sculptural landscape is as unique as its owners and we couldn’t be more honored to have worked on this along side them.

Thank you Catherine and Tony.

Gabion wall feature landscape design
Backyard landscape design gabion walls
Backyard landscape design plantings along winding path
Backyard landscape design gabion wall feature
Backyard landscape design winding path
  • Family Garden before makeover
  • Family Garden before makeover
  • Family Garden before makeover
  • Family Garden before makeover
Backyard landscape design with curved pathways

“I was so impressed by the design advice I got from Steve Warner at Outhouse Design. He understood immediately what I wanted to achieve and came up with a really clever and elegant solution that solved several site design problems and gave me what I wanted too – a strong structure that would set off the wide variety of plants I love to grow. 
The concept plan produced by Outhouse Design was easy to read too, so that I could see very clearly how the design was going to work on the ground. 
Since the garden was finished a few years ago all my visitors tell me how much they like the circles and flowing curves in the design, and the stepped stone walls.”